Guru Gobind Singh Ji | short biography

Guru Gobind Singh
born: Gobind Rai
22 December 1666
Patna Sahib, India
7 October 1708 (aged 41)
10th Guru,
Founder of Khalsa (Sikh Community)
Guru Tegh Bahadur (9th Guru)
Guru Granth Sahib
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10. Guru Gobind Singh Ji

A splendid Divine Light shone in the darkness of the night:

Pir Bhikan Shah a Muslim mystic performed his prayers in that direction, and guided by this Divine Light, he travelled with a group of his followers until he reached Patna Sahib in Bihar:

It was here that Gobind Rai Ji was born to Mata Gujri in December 22, 1666.

Pir Bhikan Shah approached the child and offered two bowls of milk, signifying both the great religions of Hinduism and Islam. The child smiled and placed his hands on both bowls. The Pir bowed in utter humility and reverence to the new Prophet of all humanity.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born with a holy mission of which he tells us in his autobiography “Bachitar Natak” (Wondrous Drama): In it Guru Ji tells us how and for what purpose he was sent into this world by God:

He states that before he came into this world, as a bodiless spirit he was engaged in meditation in the seven peaked Hemkunt mountain. Having merged with God and having become One with The Unmanifest and The Infinite, God commanded him:

I have cherished thee as My Son, and created thee to extend My Religion.
Go and spread My religion there, and restrain the world from senseless acts.
I stood up, folded my hands, bowed my head and replied,

Thy religion will prevail in all the world, when it has Thy support.”

Guru Ji describes the purpose of his coming to this world and why he emerged from the Supreme Reality in human form to carry out his Creator’s command:

For this purpose was I born, let all virtuous people understand.
I was born to advance righteousness, to emancipate the good,
and to destroy all evil-doers root and branch.

During his childhood Guru Ji received tutoring in various languages and training in martial arts.

In 1675 Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was martyred to uphold the freedom of the Kashmiri Pandits to practice their faith, even though Guru Ji rejected Hindu beliefs.

Gobind Rai at the age of 9 years was instated as the tenth Guru King.

Guru Ji began to build on the principles of self-defence and armed opposition to injustice already laid down by his grandfather Guru Hargobind Ji,

and began organising mock battles for training his followers in strategy of war. His devoted Sikhs bought horses and weapons and many other precious gifts.

The neighbouring hill Rājas became jealous of Guru Ji’s growing power and popularity and challenged Guru Ji to battle:

Pir Buddu Shah came with 700 followers to Guru Ji’s aid in the Battle of Bhangani (1688) which resulted in victory for the Sikhs.

Later Guru Ji came to the aid of the hill Rājas, who were attacked by Moghul forces to collect annual tax. In the ensuing battle at Nasaun (1690), Guru Sahib Ji’s army won a resounding victory of the Mughal forces.

Guru Ji was conscious of his mission and decided to find ‘committed followers’ who would stand by him no matter what. Thus in 1699, March 30, on the day of Vaisakhi at Anandpur Sahib, Guru Ji carried out God’s command to create the “Order of the Khalsa”:

Five devoted Sikhs offered total loyalty including readiness to die for Guru Ji, they were initiated by a new ceremony “Amrit Sanchar” (the Nectar of Immortality), also called “Khande di Pahul”:

Guru Gobind Singh addressed the congregation from the entryway of a tent pitched on a hill (now called Kesgarh Sahib):

He drew his sword and asked for a volunteer who was willing to sacrifice his head!

No one answered his first call, nor the second call, but on the third invitation, a person called Daya Ram (later known as Bhai Daya Singh) came forward and offered his head to the Guru.

Guru Gobind Singh took the volunteer inside the tent, and emerged shortly, with blood dripping from his sword.

He then demanded another head. One more volunteer came forward, and entered the tent with him. The Guru again emerged with blood on his sword.

This happened three more times. Then the five volunteers came out of the tent unharmed.

These five men came to be known as Panj Piare or the "Beloved Five". These five were initiated into the Khalsa by receiving Amrit.sikh community khalsa birth

These five were:

1. Bhai Daya Singh,
2. Bhai Mukham Singh,
3. Bhai Sahib Singh,
4. Bhai Dharam Singh and
5. Bhai Himmat Singh.

Sikh men were then given the name Singh meaning "lion" and the women received the last name Kaur meaning "princess"

Guru Ji then asked the beloved five to initiate him by giving him Amrit, Guru Ji had thus become Guru and disciple.

Guru Gobind Singh then addressed the audience: -

From now on, you have become casteless.

No ritual, either Hindu or Muslim, will you perform nor will you believe in superstition of any kind, but only in one God who is the master and protector of all, the only creator and destroyer.

In your new order, the lowest will rank with the highest and each will be to the other a bhai (brother).

No pilgrimages for you any more, nor austerities but the pure life of the household, which you should be ready to sacrifice at the call of Dharma.

Women shall be equal of men in every way. No purdah (veil) for them anymore, nor the burning alive of a widow on the pyre of her spouse (sati). He who kills his daughter, the Khalsa shall not deal with him.

The new Khalsa Panth or the Community of initiated Sikhs were to adopt the 5 Ks (Five K’s):

1. Kesh: uncut hair
2. Kangha: a wooden comb
3. Kara: a metal bracelet
4. Kachera: a specific style of cotton undergarments
5. Kirpan: a strapped curved sword,

also they were prohibited from cutting their hair, committing adultery, eating meat and using intoxicants.

Guru Ji proclaimed:

Whosoever will become my Sikh will not present themselves before me without long hair and weapons.

Thousands more followed in the footsteps of the “Five Beloved Ones” and drank the Nectar of Immortality.

The prejudices of caste, gender, colour or social status where destroyed as anyone worthy and willing to follow the Code of the Khalsa was initiated, thus the Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of all humanity was not only preached but also put into practice:

Maanas Ki Jaat Sabhai Ekai Pahchaanbo
Recognise the whole of mankind as one race.

Guru Ji launched the Khalsa onto a spiritual crusade to fight voluntarily against all types of tyranny and injustice. In this way the last phase of Guru Ji’s life was spent in defensive wars against the hill chiefs and the Mogul forces.

For the well-being of the whole humanity Guru Ji sacrificed his four sons, his mother and many brave Sikhs:

His two younger sons

1. Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji (7) and
2. Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji (5)

- were bricked alive at Sirhind, as a result of not bowing down and accepting Islam,

Guru Ji’s elder sons

3. Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji (17) and
4. Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji (15)

- fell fighting a battle at Chamkaur. To the martyrdom of his sons Guru Ji responded:

So what if I have lost four sons, many more in their thousands live.

Having accomplished the Mission from God, Guru Ji left his mortal frame in 1708, October 7 (aged 41).

Before he entered God’s court, Guru Ji proclaimed Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Shabad Guru), the written teachings of the Gurus as the everlasting Guru of the Sikhs.

He also defined the main mission of Sikh religion:

You will love the weapons of war, be excellent horsemen, marksmen and wielders of the sword, the discus and the spear. Physical prowess will be as sacred to you as spiritual sensitivity.

And, between the Hindus and Muslims, you will act as a bridge, and serve the poor without distinction of caste, colour, country or creed:

My Khalsa shall always defend the poor, and 'Deg' - or community kitchen - will be as much an essential part of your order as Teg -the sword.

And, from now onwards Sikh males will call themselves 'Singh' and women 'Kaur' and greet each other with 'Waheguruji ka Khalsa, Waheguruji ki fateh (The Khalsa belongs to God; victory belongs to God).”

Guru Ji’s achievements were remarkable for such a short life span:

• Creation of the Khalsa brotherhood through the ceremony of Amrit Sanchar.

• The vesting of secular sovereignty in the Khalsa Panth and their authority to pass resolutions (Gurmatta) binding to all Sikhs.

• Sacrifice of himself and his four sons for the protection and preservation of the Sikh community.

• Guru Ji was a great scholar and wrote in Panjabi, Sanskrit, Braj Bhasa and Persian:

Guru Ji’s poetry was compiled into the Dasam Granth by Bhai Mani Singh Ji which consists of 17,155 verses. These are divided into devotional compositions (Jap Sahib, Akal Ustat, Benti Chaupai) and heroic compositions (Bachitar Natak, Chandi-di var, Zafarnama).

• Passing on the Succession of Guruship to Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh scriptures.

Guru Ji had brought into full circle and completed the teachings commenced by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Guru’s Sikh would now be just like the Guru and be perfect and complete (Gurmukh).

The Gurmukh’s love to act in the Name of Truth will continue attracting martyrs in millions in times to come for the universal interest and well-being of the whole of mankind.

O Lord, of Thee this boon I ask,
That I never shun a righteous deed.
Let me be fearless when I go into battle,
Give me faith that victory will be mine.
Let one directive guide my mind,
That I may ever sing Thy praise,
And when comes the time to end my life,
I should die heroically fighting on the Battle field.